What a car shift knob is and what it does
History and evolution of shift knobs
The shift knob is the physical interface between the gear lever and the driver’s hand. Gear shift knobs are most commonly found between the front seats of a vehicle, either on the center console, transmission tunnel, or directly on the floor.
Some shift knobs are ergonomically designed to provide a comfortable and secure grip. Some gear shift handles also have indicators that show the gears or mode of the transmission. As transmission technology and car design have changed, shift knobs have evolved over time. For example, some modern sports cars have completely replaced the gear lever with “paddles”, which are a pair of levers mounted on either side of the steering column to operate electrical switches to shift gears. Another example is the pushbutton shifter, which is a button panel that allows the transmission to be controlled electronically without mechanical linkage.
Different types of shift knobs, such as manual, automatic, custom, universal, etc.
Spherical: This type of shifter is popular because it’s comfortable to hold and easy to grip. Their outer surfaces are usually covered with materials such as leather, rubber, plastic, or carbon fiber.
Some drivers like this type of shift knob because it improves driving performance and feels.
How to install universal custom shift knob
Step 1: Remove the original gear shift handle.
Pull the original gear shift handle off the gear shift lever. You may need to turn it slightly or use a flathead screwdriver to pry it loose.
Step 2: Install the shift knob
Place the adapter or mounting kit on the gear lever and secure it with screws or nuts. Align the custom shift knob with the shift lever and push firmly down until it clicks into place. Use the appropriate tool to tighten the set screws on the back of the custom shift knob. Test the custom shift knob by shifting all gears and checking for looseness.
Suggestions for car owners, manufacturers, and retailers of shift knobs
For car owners, choose the gear shift knob that matches your style, comfort, and budget. There are many options in the market, such as aftermarket products, heavy weighted, Dragon Ball, katana, pistol grip shape shift knob, etc. You can also look for shift knobs with special features, such as LED lights, or carbon fiber material.
For manufacturers, focus on the quality, durability, and versatility of the gear shift handle. Make sure your gear shift knob is durable and won’t wear out, fade or crack. Different adapters or gaskets are available to accommodate various gear levers and models.
For retailers, a wide range of shift knobs is available to meet the preferences and needs of different customers. You can also provide installation guides or videos to help customers easily and correctly install their new shift knobs. You can also offer discounts, free shipping, or warranty services to attract more customers and increase sales.